Department of Environment and Heritage Protection


The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection aims to be the most responsive and respected environment and heritage protection agency in Australia, and is responsible for managing the health of the environment to protect Queensland’s unique ecosystems, including its landscapes and waterways, as well as its native plants and animals and biodiversity.

The department’s role is to act as a strong environmental regulator which supports sustainable long-term economic development of Queensland.

It does this by administering a range of environmental regulations and laws, providing timely approval authorities and ensuring compliance with them.

In addition to Queensland’s natural environment, the department is also responsible for identifying and conserving the state’s built heritage places.

These places contribute to our identity and help define who we are as Queenslanders.

They include buildings, structures, cemeteries, archaeological sites, gardens, urban precincts and natural and landscape features. 

The department’s key activities include:

  • Conservation and Sustainability Services, including the implementation of programs to conserve and enhance the health of the state’s natural environment 
  • Environmental Services and Regulation, including the facilitation of project approvals and industry compliance
  • Environmental Policy and Planning, including developing and reforming legislation, plans and programs to support front-line environmental service delivery, manage our ecosystems, waste agenda and our ongoing role in climate change adaptation.

© The State of Queensland (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection) 2015

Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Grant program

11 Jul 2017

The latest round of the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Grant program - Applications should be submitted online by Thursday 17 August 2017 at 5pm.

This project involved fire, weed and feral animal management using integrated control techniques which complemented each other.

NRM Topic:

This program aligns to the Q2 Coasts and Country investment and the QLD government policy drivers of Closing the Gap and Advancing Indigenous Reconciliation in Primary Industries and Natural Resource Management.

Cape York Peninsula Bioregion Management Plan

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection created this scoping paper with the intention of establishing a shared understanding amongst shareholder organisations about what was to be adressed within the Cape York Peninsula Biorergion Management Plan.
Published: Jun 2012